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Chimay Tripel (White) - Bières de Chimay S.A.

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BA SCORE
92
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3,555 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 3,555
Reviews: 1,533
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 157
Gots: 235 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Bières de Chimay S.A. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Labeled Chimay Cinq Cents in 750ml bottle.

(Beer added by: Todd on 09-18-2001)
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uconnalum2

Connecticut

3.43/5  rDev -16.7%

Pours a hazy amber with a very large white head. Good lacing and retention. The aroma is of yeast and some spice, also apples. The taste is yeasty, peppery and ends with hoppy bitterness. The aftertaste is a bit acidic making the overall taste not very appealing to me. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and quite carbonated. Drinkability is not great due to the aftertaste. Overall, my least favorite Chimay.

04-08-2007 02:22:57 | More by uconnalum2
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kimcgolf

Georgia

4.03/5  rDev -2.2%

Pours from the bottle to a hazy orange-red color with medium off-hite head that lingers a while and leaves okay lacing. Pleasant aroma was a mixtrue of hoppy fruits..apples and apricots, some yeat, and a hint of clove. Flavor was much of the same, with a little more emphasis on the fruit and spiciness, almost like a wheat. Mouthfeel was tingly and spicy, and the finish was long and smooth. Even with 8%, the alcohol never really made itself known, but added to the mix nicely.

A very pleasant beer.

04-06-2007 12:55:44 | More by kimcgolf
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chrhowe

Oklahoma

3.8/5  rDev -7.8%

Poured an 11.2 oz. into a chimay chalice. The first from a "Chimay Sampler". Starts out with a nice thick head that lingered throughout. It's appearance was quite dense, a very good quality. I picked up lots of fruit coupled with hoppiness in the smell, definitely enticing. I believe I enjoyed the smell a little more than the taste it presented. The alchohol definitely makes itself known behind the increasing hops toward the end as it warms. Overall, the monks at Chimay produce a quality tripel, one that I will definitely enjoy again. But with two more chimay's to go and the talk I've heard, the bar is rising.

03-31-2007 15:49:46 | More by chrhowe
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hops1337

Mississippi

4.53/5  rDev +10%

Ahhh. I just finished a bottle of the Chimay Cinq Cents, or white as i call it. Wow i really love this beer, In the recent weeks ive had the pleasure of tasting some pretty amazing beers(Duvel, LaFinDuMonde, Bink tripel and the Corsendonk brown and blond to name a few), I must say that the Chimay is still my favorite. I poured it into a Large Clear glass, it had decent lace and 1.5 finger head. I could detect apples and bit of burnt wood flavor, After about 3 quarters of the way through my head got warm i and could feel the alcohol. Overall i love the whole experience and taste of the Chimay White, Where else can you get beer brewed by Monks?

03-31-2007 01:50:07 | More by hops1337
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Poser

Alabama

4.33/5  rDev +5.1%

Pours a slight amber with generous foam with good retention and lacing. A lot of carbonation. Subtle fruits and sugar permeate the aroma and flavor. The mouthfeel is much more bready than some tripels. The finish brings good balance without being overpowering. You can also taste the alcohol, but it's subtle and not surprising at 8%.

It's a little more light than I've seen in other tripels. I prefer the stronger flavors of a Westmalle, but this would be more ideal in the right weather or with the right food.

03-27-2007 17:59:40 | More by Poser
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barefootbrewer

Mississippi

4.03/5  rDev -2.2%

I had the pleasure of pouring this beer into my newly acquired Chimay goblet. It was sparkling golden with a thick head – nice lacing. The aroma was sour and there were hints of fruitiness. The taste was also sour and fruity. It is nicely balanced and makes this seem like a more delicate beer than other Chimays I’ve had. The mouthfeel is full but not heavy by any means. I find this particular beer quite drinkable and would be refreshing on a hot day.

03-26-2007 13:14:42 | More by barefootbrewer
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younger35

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Poured into a nonic pint glass from the little 11.2 ounce bottle. Wish I could have enjoyed properly from a chalice.

Appearance- Pours a nice golden honey yellow. Very hazy and full of yeasty goodness. Big fluffy alabaster head that slowly recedes to a thin layer that covers the entire top. Medium lacing that is thicker than most I’ve seen.
Smell- Very familiar Belgium yeast aroma. A nice spicyness comes through with a slight fruit backbone. Reminiscent of sour green apples.
Taste- A very nice yeasty kick from the start. Lots of clove like flavors with hints of a almost peppery spice. A nice bitter hop rush coats the tongue finishing with sour fruit dryness. The alcohol is definitely evident in the finish.
Mouthfeel- LOTS of carbonation. Not a bad thing though. It lends nicely to overall enjoyment of the beer. Gentle alcohol warming is evident in the dry finish.
Drinkability- This is a very tasty tripel. Easily enjoyable in moderation as the ABV will keep you line. Very Niiicccee!!

03-21-2007 01:53:48 | More by younger35
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montageman

Michigan

4.58/5  rDev +11.2%

Popped the cork on this one to find it was bottled in November 2004.

Poured into a St. Bernardus chalice. Cloudy, rich golden color with a quickly dissipating head that leaves minor lacing. There is also some tremendous carbonation working here. The smell is crisp and spicy with a slight note of clove. Taste is very balance - clove, sour apple, and little bit of floral character as well. Mouthfeel is intense due to the carbonation, which adds to the crispness. Being that I drank a 25.4 oz bottle myself & would do another if possible is a testament to this brew's drinkability. Highly recommended.

03-11-2007 03:31:10 | More by montageman
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brandoneast

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -9%

I ordered this on tap at the Driskill Grill in Austin, TX, which happened to be one of only four on tap. In a perfect world it would be great to have superb food and a great beer list. The tripel was very enjoyable but it I was not able to pair it well with the food that I ordered.

03-08-2007 21:11:19 | More by brandoneast
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joeskirkie

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

I pull the cork on this 750 mL bottle yielding a strong POP and a nice alluring "Belgian beer mist."

A pour into a chalice reveals a cloudy golden body topped by a boisterous bubbly white head that laces wonderfully.

Smell of spicy yeast, pale malts, and faint sour apples, as Trappist Tripels go, it's right on.

The flavor is crisp and spicy. It has pale malts and a slightly bready, slighlty fruity note, and a very mild hop presence.

It starts bubbly and finishes smooth. It's really hitting the spot right now. It's one of my new favorites.

03-02-2007 02:15:19 | More by joeskirkie
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kelticblood

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev -10.7%

Very hazy dark orange in color. No real head to speak of, and not much lacing. Typical Belgian smell. Very bitter and dry mouthfeel. Creamy texture with a medium body. Hops are not noted in the aroma ,but only noted on the aftertaste.Spicey orange and citrus with light malts. Mouthfeel is well-balanced from all angles and goes down smooth.Overall good, but nothing great. Could use more in the taste and appearance dept.

02-25-2007 22:00:42 | More by kelticblood
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JMD71

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +5.1%

Sampled & reviewed on 1/27/07:

Ap: Thick two fingers of slightly tan head when poured. Head retention excellent. Vigorous carbonation. Deep gold, copper color. Sparkling....

Ar: Typical Belgian yeast aromas. Candied fruits, bubblegum. Slightly spicy phenols from Belgian yeast strain.

Ta: Deep, fruity body with the signature Belgian flavors & spiciness. White pepper, fruitiness & bubblegum. Beautiful malt profile focusing on pale & Belgian speciality malts as a foundation. Minor hop bitterness noted.

Mo: ABV is definitely evident. A bit boozy. Very light bodied, though. Extremely crisp & dry from Belgian Candi sugar. Highly carbonated. Very nice.

Dr: Excellent! Extremely drinkable even with the higher ABV. Goes down very smoothly but higher ABV keeps you in check or else you'd be unconcious after a few!

Comments: I loved this! Delicious. One of the best tripels I've had. The ABV is a bit pronounced, but well balanced with the sweet maltiness & dry, crisp mouthfeel.

02-23-2007 21:42:26 | More by JMD71
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theopholis

California

3.23/5  rDev -21.6%

Appearance- Pours with a slightly cloudy, light amber with a failry tall off-white head. Decent retention, and leaves a nice lacing.

Aroma- Typical triple aromas. Slightly sour with that wild yeasty, estery aroma. Some notes of bready yeast to.

Taste- Failry smooth and crisp with a nice bready malt. Get some nice hop compexity on the back of the toungue and in the jowels. Some slightly acrid fruity tastes in there to, but I can't identify them.

Mouthfeel- Body is a tad light, and it's a little over-carbonated, tho it doesn't have much of a CO2 bite. The high carbonation level probably hides, rather than enhances a lot of the more interesting tastes. Still....it's not unpleasant.

Drinkability- It's okay. Nothing to write home about.

02-18-2007 01:53:48 | More by theopholis
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Kulrak

Australia

4.08/5  rDev -1%

Pours a cloudy pale orangish gold color with white creamy head that laces the glass all the way down. Smells very fruity/estery and a little yeasty. Tastes very hoppy and a tiny bit sweet and yeasty. Finishes sort of sour. Mouthfeel is very heavy with some fizz to it. Overall, it's fairly drinkable, but I think I prefer Chimay's other brews.

02-17-2007 10:50:35 | More by Kulrak
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sekaijin

New York

4.53/5  rDev +10%

A few import bars here in Tokyo have started serving this beer fresh from the tap. The difference between the tap and bottle is quite noticeable, as is to be expected. I am reviewing the beer as it tasted on tap.

Appearance -- Rich amber color with a healthy, thin layer of white foam atop. The appearance remains consistent even if you leave the beer sitting for minutes on end.

Smell -- Strong fruit tones with a hint of spice.

Taste-- Very full flavour that invites you to let it sit in your mouth for a few seconds, leaving you to ponder the spices hiding behind the fruit.

Mouthfeel-- Despite its relatively high alcohol content the beer is much thinner than you might expect.

Drinkability-- Here is where I was glad to have the opportunity to drink the beer from the tap. It might have just been me, but the alcohol was slightly less noticeable than usual, making this beer a pleasure to drink in large, mouth-filling gulps over an extended period of time. I find myself hard-pressed to have just one.

02-16-2007 06:52:46 | More by sekaijin
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Talisker

California

4.28/5  rDev +3.9%

Wow - what a well-crafted beer. Poured gently into a Chimay chalice from a small bottle - a hazy yellow color with a couple of fingers of head. Lacing sticks around throughout. Some spice on the nose - coriander, maybe slight cloves? - but largely a dry Belgian yeasty/malty aroma. The taste follows exactly - some sweetness up front, followed by a very slight tartness and complex malt, finishing very dry. While the texture itself might be just a bit too dry to be a regular drinker for me, there's no doubting the craft in this beer.

It's hard to describe here, but this beer is all of a piece - knows what it wants to be and works together beautifully. Might be ubiquitous, but it's sure good...

02-15-2007 05:20:45 | More by Talisker
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grub

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +0.2%

pours slightly hazy golden yellow with a huge dense white head. the head drops slowly and leaves tons of clumpy lace behind.

aroma is nice. spice and fruit. clove and pepper. bit of raspberry maybe. hint of alcohol.

taste is good. fairly strong bitterness. nice alcohol flavour and warmth. clove is noticeable more in the mouthfeel than taste, which is good since i don't enjoy too much of it. bit of citrus, orange and maybe lemon. light sweetness.

mouthfeel is good. fairly dry, with lingering bitterness. above average carbonation.

drinkability is good. the alcohol is noticeable, but balanced fairly well. really enjoyable.

02-15-2007 00:54:36 | More by grub
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cypressbob

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4.1/5  rDev -0.5%

330ml bottle, Poured into a Delerium Tremens snifter

Pours with a cloudy rich ambe body, thick patchy off white head with pretty solid retention. Lingering lacing up and down the glass, head sits atop proud about an inch thick

Smell, thick rich biscuity alcoholic aromas, nail polish remover, acetone, some wild yeasty and fruit esters erupt from the glass. A huge whack of dry yeastiness on the finish

Taste, smooth and crisp mouthfeel, alcoholic crisp bready malt, slightly syrupy rich nutty flavours. Some mixed fresh fruit, a mixture of apples, pears and peaches, maybe a hint of dried apricots and marzipan too. Lasting dry yeast on the finish along with a slight hoppy twang and some slight bitterness

A slightly underwhelming tripel. Solid but uninspiring like the rest of Chimay's range, not bad... just not spectacular

02-14-2007 20:53:43 | More by cypressbob
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TheSarge

Virginia

3.58/5  rDev -13.1%

Chimay Tripel pours nicely and produces a beautiful bright white head, which sticks around through out the whole session. The body is quite hazy and caramel in color. It gives off aromas reminiscent of bubble gum. It also has a taste somewhat like bubble gum, but finishes a bit like orange rind. This bites at first from all the carbonation and finishes warm.

02-12-2007 02:11:35 | More by TheSarge
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willjansen

Colorado

4.13/5  rDev +0.2%

33cl bottle with best before 2008 on the label...

Appearance: Full-bodied amber, poured with thick, fluffy head which gradually recedes to a nice, persistent layer on the surface and side of the glass.

Smell: Fruity with a slight sour, citrus background - hints of spices, complex mixture of smells that's difficult for a beginner like myself to decode - but certainly pleasant and inviting

Taste: Taste is quite fruity, but also run-down with alcohol. Excellent balance of hops and malt, with hoppy perfuminess bringing the spices back into check. Nice balanced finish with a slight warming alcohol to remind you of the ABV.

Mouthfeel: Perfect mouthfeel for a tripel, slightly oily, not too dry, goes down well

Drinkability: I give it a 3.5 only becasue of the noticeable alcohol in the taste.

Overall, great Tripel from a great trappist brewery, but not the best trappist tripel I've had (think Westmalle)

02-10-2007 11:07:27 | More by willjansen
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Stephen63

United Kingdom (Scotland)

4.28/5  rDev +3.9%

A - Very nice long lived head and amber body.

S - Not strong but can get the sweetness coming through.

T - Smooth with some bitterness in the finish. Very tasty a really good tripel.

M - Excellent velvety feel. Yum yum!

D - Very drinkable but like most tripels to be savoured in ones or twos due to alcohol kick.

02-09-2007 22:41:59 | More by Stephen63
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meadhead

Montana

4.47/5  rDev +8.5%

Feels kind of holy
And truly world class:
smooth
rich
caramel yeast - spice
yet nothing too decadent or overwhelming
{Much like a monk
has a simple-steady
humble feel}
a perfect 8.0 ABV for a tripel
only creeping up
in after-taste to remind you

drinkability is exceptional
and the high point
easy to taste and enjoy
very well made

02-03-2007 05:26:47 | More by meadhead
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SaucyA

Michigan

3.48/5  rDev -15.5%

I don't know if I'm just partial to different tripel's, but this one just doesn't live up to the hype in my eyes. Poured out of a corked, 750ml bottle.

It's a good looking beer, golden, beautiful long-lasting head, medium lacing.

Smell's very nice, incredibly fruity, with spicy undertones.

I wasn't blown away by the taste. It isn't nearly as complex as I like my tripels (hat's off to final absolution), and i just kept finding myself wanting more out of it than i got. It's fruity, very mildly hopped, and quite light. It hides the abv well, but still shines through every few sips.

It's medium bodied with heavy carbonation that retains throughout the entire bottle. Leaves a nice hoppy aftertaste that makes you want to drink more... (don't you ALWAYS want to drink more?)

I don't think this is a very drinkable beer. Given the price, and given the taste, I just can't hang. I would never pass one up if bought for me, but I won't go out of my way for it.

01-31-2007 02:59:02 | More by SaucyA
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kernalklink

Arizona

3.83/5  rDev -7%

A cool crisp tripel. Very nice lacing- not as spicy as far as aroma goes- lacks the pervasive fruity characteristics. Hop bitterness makes itself known right away- the mild yeast flavors are immediately counteracted by the strong bitterness. Somewhat different than many other tripels, a more refreshing and drinkable take on the style. Finished clean and dry with a slight note of alcohol and hops.

01-28-2007 19:11:22 | More by kernalklink
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jmz62565

Connecticut

3.95/5  rDev -4.1%

Pours a clear golden amber with a giant white fizzy head. There is a ton of yeast in the bottle so be careful pouring. The smell is a strong lemon.alcohol,candy sugar,and a "bisquity" aroma. The taste is full of carbonation, candy sugar,alcohol, lemon,and bread yeast. A good flavored beer,yet nothing really outstanding. The m/f is light with the flavors mixing well. My only problem with this beer is that it's lighter and thinner than other tripels. Still it's not bad, and worth a try.

01-27-2007 23:09:08 | More by jmz62565
Chimay Tripel (White) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
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